Poems and Prayers
The day you laid me down to sleep
you prayed to the Lord; my soul to keep
I know you had to send me on my way
but you sent me to a new; better; and much brighter day

You sent me home; to heaven above
where I'm cradled in God's arms; covered with His love
I understand what you did; you did out of love
and I'll return that love; from my new home above

My sickness is gone; and I'm free here to roam
I run and play in the meadows; here in my new home
We play here by the Bridge; from morning to night
there is no rain here; just warm sunlight

I know you all miss me; I miss you all too
but I'll always be with you; whatever you do
Please wipe the tears; from your weeping eyes
by remembering the good times; from days gone by

When you look out; into the dark of night
I'll be that bright star; your guiding light
We'll meet again at the Bridge one day
when we'll walk in the light; together to stay
The Rescurer
Message to My Master
My job is to assist God's creatures
I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs 
I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures 
without planning or selection
I have bought dog food with my last dime 
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand 
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count
I have Animal Friends and friends who have animal friends 
I don't often use the word "pet"
I notice those lost at the road side 
And my heart aches
I will hand raise a field mouse
And make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time
I want to live forever if there aren't animals in Heaven 
But I believe there are
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind 
Some may think we are master of the animals, 
But the animals have mastered themselves 
Something people still haven't learned
War and Abuse make me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind 
We are a quiet but determined army
And we are making a difference every day

There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan 
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life 
No higher recognition than watching them thrive 
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby
play who only days ago, was too weak to eat
By the love of those who I've been privileged to
rescue, I have been rescued 
I know what true unconditional love really is
for I've seen it shining in the eyes of so many
Grateful for so little.

I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done,
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full
I Am Rescue

I am Rescue
I pick up your castoffs and hold them in my arms; 
I unhook with your permission your castoffs from their chains and abandonment; 
I take your castoffs to be medically treated, altered and brought back to health; 
I remind your castoffs of what commands they once knew or teach them what they should know; 
I gently wash away the stench and smell and dirt accumulated on your castoffs and kiss them gently; 
I foster your castoffs and try not to fall too far in love with them so that I can let go when that forever home is found; 
I wipe away my own tears when the day comes that your castoff 
leaves me to go live a forever life in a loving environment; and 
....sometimes I hold that regal dignified furry head of your 
castoff while he makes the final trip to the Bridge and tell him 
that he is loved at this moment more than he has ever been 
loved before. ... 
Author unknown
               From Friend to Friend 

You're giving me a special gift, 
So sorrowfully endowed, 
And through these last few cherished days, 
Your courage makes me proud. 

But really, love is knowing 
When your best friend is in pain, 
And understanding earthly acts 
Will only be in vain. 

So looking deep into your eyes, 
Beyond, into your soul, 
I see in you the magic, that will 
Once more make me whole. 

The strength that you possess, 
Is why I look to you today, 
To do this thing that must be done, 
For it's the only way. 

That strength is why I've followed you, 
And chose you as my friend, 
And why I've loved you all these years... 
My partner 'til the end. 

Please, understand just what this gift, 
You're giving, means to me, 
It gives me back the strength I've lost, 
And all my dignity. 

You take a stand on my behalf, 
For that is what friends do. 
And know that what you do is right, 
For I believe it too. 

So one last time, I breathe your scent, 
And through your hand I feel, 
The courage that's within you, 
To now grant me this appeal. 

Cut the leash that holds me here, 
Dear friend, and let me run, 
Once more a strong and steady dog, 
My pain and struggle done. 

And don't despair my passing, 
For I won't be far away, 
Forever here, within your heart, 
And memory I'll stay. 

I'll be there watching over you, 
Your ever faithful friend, 
And in your memories I'll run, 
...a young dog once again. 
With My Paws
Prayer for the Dog in the Shelter

An evening prayer for the dog in the shelter
Posted on February 17, 2012 by skijornmore

Tonight I go to sleep with my dogs. My long legged lurcher (an adopted rescue) is roaching against the pillows. The new little fellow (another adopted rescue) is contentedly asleep in his crate in the closet.  My older girl Lucy lies on the dog bed by my side, tennis ball still in sight of sleeping eyes. My boy Linus spoons against me. Time for bed. The quiet, contented sighs of dogs who feel safe and loved…. secure and at peace.  As my eyes begin to close, I picture a dog in a shelter I have been working with.

At the end of a session I spend some time with her in her kennel. I hear the barking and whining of the other dogs that make her alert her head and ears.  I can see how no matter how well things are arranged for her, she is still surprised and alerted by the passing of another dog. She is dog reactive. We make good strides but there are still challenges for her.  Each day  after I work with her and bring her to the gate of the kennel, she hesitates, then quietly follows me in through the gate. She has come far with her training. She loves to learn. She has done a brilliant job today. She lets me brush her. We play a game of search for the tennis ball under the blanket on her bed. Then it is time to go. I close the gate and secure the lock. She sits and watches me as I go. I am haunted.

Tonight I say a prayer for her, and for all of the dogs sleeping (or not sleeping) in shelters near and far.

May a person with realism,  vision and acceptance walk past your gate.

May they see that the jumping dog in front of them is desperate to say hello.

May they realize that with a bit of training, you can learn polite greeting manners.

May they understand that you are not perfect, but that you can be trained to be a good dog.

May they understand if you are shy and overwhelmed, and see that with love, encouragement and confidence you will come out of your shell. May they understand this may take quite a few months.

May they see that the thunder and bluff is just that; and with training that teaches you in a peaceful way to get the distance you want from whatever “monster” that scares you , you will learn to resolve your conflicts with the world constructively and gain confidence.

May they understand you are curious and inquisitive and need to explore the world, but also you will need clear boundaries and kind but constant guidance.

And may they decide to make a life commitment to you. For who you are. The brilliant, the challenging, the aloof, the goofy, the exhuberant, the serious, the silly, the reserved, the obnoxious, the funny, the athletic, the laid back, the complex and beautiful;  the real dog that makes you the completely unique you.

Divorce is not an option in adopting. This is not fast food or Disneyland. This is real dog, real relationship and real commitment.

May you feel the touch of a kind hand and hear a gentle word.

May you take a car ride to your forever home.

When you mess up, may you be forgiven.

May your new family understand that it can take months and sometimes years of training, guidance and learning to help you be the best you can become. May they make that commitment to you.

May they accept you for the dog that you are in spite of all of the training. And may they smile at your imperfections as much as your achievements.

May they protect you, nurture you, give you exercise and adventures together.

And may you someday fall asleep  on the bed, sighing in deep contentment, peace and security,  spooned against your forever friend.

This I pray for you my friend, and for all dogs. This I pray.

Sleep in peace and we will both dream and pray for your forever home.
To My Dogs
So this is where we part, My Friend, 
and you'll run on, around the bend, 
... gone from sight, but not from mind, 
new pleasures there you'll surely find. 

I will go on, I'll find the strength, 
life measures quality, not its length. 
One long embrace before you leave, 
share one last look, before I grieve. 

There are others, that much is true, 
but they be they, and they aren't you. 
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought, 
will remember well all you've taught. 

Your place I'll hold, you will be missed, 
the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed. 
And as you journey to your final rest, 
take with you this...I loved you best. 

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